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First Degree (Andy Carpenter #2)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  2,102 ratings  ·  203 reviews
The mysterious legacy of defence attorney Andy Carpenter's late father has made him a rich man - 22 million dollars rich, to be exact. But as Andy relaxes in his office, imagining ways to spend his money, he has an unexpected visitor: a stranger who confesses to decapitating and burning a man - coolly relaying on the confidentiality of attorney-client privilege. When an in ...more
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Mysterious Press (first published June 2003)
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Jim
Another good mystery & tense court room drama as Andy protects the innocent. Gardner did a great job of reading it again, too. For the most part, the mystery & evidence was pretty well done, although there was some predictability & I felt like kicking him for missing the obvious a couple of times. One thing in particular bothered me - the gas can. (view spoiler) ...more
Mary Ronan Drew
David Rosenfelt has again written a book that combines Paterson, New Jersey, a golden retriever, and a murder mystery and again that is a fine combination. The first book in the series, featuring defense attorney Andy Carpenter was Open and Shut. If you have not read that book, don't read any further in this review as it will reveal some things from that first story.

Ok, in the first book Andy successfully defended a man on death row in a new trial and he is now representing him in a civil suit a
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Karen
With the 22 million left to Andy by his father Andy can choose which cases he wants to take. For 6 months he has been turning cases down so Andy is surprised to have a Geoffrey Stynes walk into his office, admit to killing a cop, and then casually walk out.
When Andy hears who the cop is, Alex Dorsey a bad cop, he isn't all that surprised, until Oscar Garcia is accused of the murder and that isn't the person who walked into his office.
Laurie Collins, an ex-cop that worked with Dorsey now working
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Victoria
This was another fun book! Some of the suspense had been removed for me since I first discovered this series by reading the first thirty or so pages of the sixth book in the series (Play Dead). Still, this was fun to read and I was pretty surprised by the way it all turned out. I really liked the way the Tara Foundation is set up and I am excited to keep reading this fun series! It is kind of like watching a TV show in some ways because of the humourous narration. Light and fun this makes for a ...more
Melanie (aka Serial Reader)
I'm beginning to really dig into DR's sense of dry humor throughout his stories, in spite of the non-humorous story line. In this novel, Andy's girlfriend Laurie is accused of murdering a cop, and everyone knows that cops hate cop-killers. So, Andy, who is in love with Laurie, puts himself on the line - literally and figuratively - to bring justice to the crime and clear Laurie of this dastardly deed.

A good, fast read, I gave it 4 stars out of 5.
Marie
Legal thrillers are usually my first choice in the mystery field favorite but I picked up the first book in this series, "Open and Shut", on a recommendation and thoroughly enjoyed it. So, I was really looking forward to revisiting with Andy and others and this did not disappoint. I love that the dialogue is snappy and feel the courtroom scenes are well defined. I'll definitely read the next in the series.
Lisa
I liked this book a lot. It was better than his first book of this series as the Character of Andy Carpenter unfolded more along with his dog Tara. Also the murder plot that unfolds against his girlfriend, Laurie builds with suspense through out the whole book right to the end. I love this series as it is really just fun, easy but very entertaining reads and Andy Carpenter is a great character.
Minty McBunny
It's always a delight to a discover a new author you really love, more so when there's a whole series of books waiting for you!

The cover of the most recent book caught my eye, when I discovered it was a series, I started at the beginning. The first book was very good, but this one was above and beyond! The writing is so sharp and snappy, Andy is such a witty character with great, fast paced, zingy dialogue, I thoroughly enjoyed every page!

In addition to great writing, the story was super, I enjo
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Roger Smitter
First Degree is a formulaic but fun read, even if it does focus on a first degree murder trial. Andy Carpenter is the wise-cracking lawyer we usually find in this genre of fiction. His girl-friend is a cop and another fixture of the genre. About the time the insider jokes and cynicism about the law fades from the pages, Andy takes on a tough case for an innocent client. The plot line piles up a host of reasons why his client is guilty. We know the plot is moving toward justice when his wise-crac ...more
Jami
I loved this book, the second in the Andy Carpenter series, as much as the first one. It was particularly interesting to me because I had already read Dogtripping, his non-fiction book, so I was familiar with the dog loving aspect of his life. In this book, I recognized the name of the FBI agent heroine as someone who he knows in real life through dog rescue. Also, at the end, Willie (from book 1) invests his money into the Tara Foundation, which is the author's real life charity. Oh, and did I ...more
Nancy
Nominated for the Edgar and Shamus awards, Rosenfelt's debut novel, "Open and Shut," introduced irreverent lawyer Andy Carpenter. Now, Andy must save the love of his life, lead P.I. Laurie Collins, when she's framed for the murder of a cop.

It turns out that Laurie is framed by Alex Dorsey, a policeman she used to work with, who was a "dirty" cop. He and an FBI agent, Dobbs, who was Dorsey's lieutenant in Viet Nam plan the entire frame up. Dorsey is then really killed (by Dobbs) and Laurie is arr
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David
Once upon a time I read a mystery that I solved halfway through the book simply because of a minor aside that caused me to think of the cover of the book. The cover of the book gave that mystery away-- I never finished it.. but looked to the back and found I was 100% correct. I was extremely annoyed.

The cover of this book was really cool-- and had the opposite effect of the above anecdote. The cover of the book had absolutely NOTHING to do with the mystery inside. While that is not exceptionally
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Deborah Darsie
Andy Carpenter's irreverent approach to his chosen career of defense attorney is fun. At first he came across as a shallow, uncommitted attorney who seemed more like a rebellious teen than an intelligent, deliberate and very selective powerhouse of an attorney.

I love his commitment to his lovely rescued Golden Retriever Tara who provides nearly everything he needs from another living being. NEARLY. His smart, beautiful lady-friend Laurie Collins provides everything else to help Andy Carpenter ne
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Christy
Attorney Andy Carpenter has been basking in the notoriety he gained by proving a client on death row innocent while living off the millions he inherited from his father. Andy has been more occupied lately with hanging out with Tara, the “best dog in the universe”, and trying to find a worthy charity to share his money with, and isn’t in too big of a hurry to get back in the courtroom. But when his investigator/lover Laurie Collins is arrested for the brutal death of a policeman she filed an ethi ...more
Jennifer
I heard about this series via a group of people with whom I probably have little in common other than ownership of a particular breed of dog - and not the golden retriever. However, I was in the mood to sample some new crime authors and the dog hook drew me in.

I'm glad because I really enjoyed this (although Tara the golden retriever doesn't feature much, she's just there, rather like dogs should be). On the whole I think I prefer police procedurals to well, whatever the technical term is for la
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Kristin
This is the 2nd in the Andy Carpenter series by Rosenfelt, but the 4th I've read, so I largely knew what the outcome of the book would be before reading it, but this filled in the gaps between the first in the series and the 3rd and 4th. In 'First Degree', Carpenter is contemplating what to do with an unexpected windfall from his father that allows him to pick and choose his law clients, of which he does very little, when a former police colleague of his girlfriend, Laurie Collins, is found murd ...more
Frank
[library audiobook, plot details elsewhere]

I had forgotten that I had read this until I saw it on the goodreads list and checked the plot summary. As with all the sequel books, the great wealth of Andy Carpenter takes some of the pressure off the plot. The back story of the duplicitous FBI guys is a plus, except to took too long to get started. Andy's relationship with Lori is a good part of the book, and does lead to some drama over the verdict.

I have read some in this series since.
John Winkworth
Contrary to my usual practice where I attempt to read books in a series in the order they were written, this was my third book and clearly my favorite do far. Despite the fact that I knew the ending my interest was just intense-- to me a tribute to the author's skills. Also opposed to my usual practice, I quite literally did not put the book down and finished it in one day, albeit late in the day. For those interested in reading one of Mr. Rosenfelt's books, this is an excellent choice.
Kat Chan
As always, I love the cast of characters.

This one is early int he series and it does have the feeling that Rosenfelt was still working on his stride.

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Ray
I picked up "Open and Shut", by David Rosenfelt, the first in the Andy Carpenter Series books, after reading a "What are You Reading" column in a magazine a few months ago. The recommendation mentioned that the book takes place in the Bergen, Essex, Union Counties of North Jersey, and involved a smart-alecky, irreverent defense attorney named Andy Carpenter. I enjoyed his character. He is sarcastic for sure, but not in a tiresome way. Plus he's a dog lover, a sports fan, and not full of himself. ...more
LJ
FIRST DEGREE (Legal Suspense-New Jersey-Cont) –G+
Rosenfelt, David – 2nd in series
Mysterious Press, 2003- Hardcover
Now that lawyer Andy Carpenter has inherited $22 million, he can be very selective in the clients he represents. So when a man walks in and tells him that he, not the man arrested, killed a cop, Andy decides to represent the man arrested. But the situation turns and Andy's girlfriend, Laura, is arrested for first-degree murder.
*** Great characters, dialogue and courtroom scenes are t
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GymGuy
Not as good as his first. I enjoyed the characters, though there were far too many. The story had its exciting moments but didn't hold together. I enjoy is sarcastic humor, but it tends to fade about 1/3 into the book. Towards the end it just kept rambling on when you knew how it was going to end. The next-to-last chapter was a pretty stupid ending.
Judy
I enjoyed Open and Shut so much I picked this up and kept going. Now that I know I like Andy and the people he chooses for friends, it's even easier to enjoy the plot and all it's twists and turns. I generally read to be entertained and David Rosenfelt writes very entertainingly. I look forward to reading more in this series.
Sara
I've read several of his later books and enjoyed learning some of the background of his characters. In this one, Laurie is pretty obviously framed for the murder of a police lieutenant she once tried to have investigated for bribery. The difficulty of proving she's being framed makes for a difficult case for Andy.
Elaine Dransfield
Thought I had the two recent books I'd read in order, but obviously should have read First Degree before Bury the Lead as I already knew how the book was going to end. I prefer Michael McConnelly books to David Rosenfelt, but since he includes his love for his dog I enjoy reading Rosenfelt.
Alicia
Another great story. This time it is Lori who is in big trouble. Of course its Andy to the rescue. I was a tad bit disappointed with the ending. I don't really feel Andy proved his case for the outcome received. All in all though still a great story and I am already onto the next one.
Marge
Love this author - the Andy Carpenter character is the best - funny, smart, emotional. The twists and turns of the case are great and you're never quite sure where the story is going to go. And, of course, his dog and others are always part of the story.
Sharyn
Yesterday "Open and shut", today"First degree" and waiting on the audio for "New tricks. I think David Rosenfelt is now my new favorite author. Good mystery, great character, now all introduced. Sample dialogue:
"I've never actually been to a dog park: I am not sure what one is. Tara hasn't been to one either, unless it was during the first 2 years of her life, before I knew her. If she has , I expect the experience was less than thrilling, since I told her yesterday that we'de be going, and she
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Christy
I loved reading this one and was sorry when it ended. I have not yet read the first book of the series (Open and Shut), but will soon and hope to continue on with the others.

I liked the premise, I liked the realistic involvement of the Golden Retriever in the characters' lives, I liked the complexity of the story right from the first. The lead character, Andy, is sometimes a bit of a sap, but he knows it and reacts appropriately when his bubble is burst. Author elicits some chuckles and manages
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Marcia
I am always amazed when an author can write about gruesome murders in such a way that I don't mind reading about them. I am definitely a wimpy reader, and there are places these eyes just won't go. That said, I love this series and already have book 3, Bury the Lead, downloaded from the library and waiting on my Kindle.

Tara gets up on the couch and assumes her favorite position, lying on her side with her head resting just above my knee. It virtually forces me to pet her every time I reach for m
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Other Books in the Series

Andy Carpenter (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Open and Shut
  • Bury the Lead
  • Sudden Death
  • Dead Center
  • Play Dead
  • New Tricks
  • Dog Tags
  • One Dog Night
  • Leader of the Pack
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